The Henry Graves Supercomplication timepiece made by Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe in 1932 is photographied during a press preview by Sotheby's auction house on November 5, 2014 in Geneva. A gold watch billed as the most expensive -- and most complicated -- in the world fetched a record $21.3 million (17.1 million euros) when it went under the hammer in Switzerland on November 11, 2014 the Sotheby's auction house involved said. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
Patek Philippe watch fetches record $11M at auction
Agence France-Presse / 08:49 AM November 15, 2016
GENEVA, Switzerland — A stainless steel Patek Philippe watch has sold for a record $11 million (10.2 million euros) in Geneva, an auction house said Monday.
The piece from the Swiss company’s 1518 series sold on Saturday for 11,002,000 Swiss francs following a 13-minute bidding war, according to a statement from Phillips, a leading watch auction firm based in London.
When Patek Philippe introduced the 1518 series in 1941, they were the first-ever perpetual calendar chronographs, meaning they were the first timepieces that had both a stop-watch function as well as a calendar designed to keep track of dates for centuries, with leap years factored in.
The piece sold on Saturday was made in 1943, Phillips said, calling its sale price “a new world record for any wristwatch at auction”, which more than tripped the pre-sale estimate.
Neither the buyer, nor the seller were identified.
A total of 177 watches were sold over weekend in the Swiss city, fetching $27.5 million collectively. CBB